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In Time Flies, life is meaningless, do what you can before death takes you

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One of the weirder games revealed during this year’s Summer Game Fest was undoubtedly Time Flies. On its surface, it appears to be a modest time-management game where you explore a house and try to complete as many goals as you can before dying.

Each run lasts between one and two minutes. But the reveal trailer’s whimsical music belied the nihilistic tagline that appears at the end like a mic being dropped: “You are a fly.

Your life is short. Make the best of the time you have. Because we are all going to die.” “I was interested in having a fly as being something meaningless, almost annoying,” Swiss designer and animator Michael Frei, one half of the game’s development team (along with programmer Raphaël Munoz), told me. “And to do to do something meaningful as a fly in the world with a bucket list […] I think that’s something we ask ourselves every day, like, ‘What is meaningful to me?

What should I do with my life?’” In Time Flies, you take control of a fly in a minimalistically drawn world that, in the demo we played, consisted of several rooms in a house or apartment.

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